Panhandle Fishing Charters in Destin, Florida

Guided by Joey Sauvageau

Flats Inshore Jetty Nearshore

About Your Guide

13 Years of Experience
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Joey developed a passion for fishing at a young age, learning the ropes from his dad and “Gramps.” At just 15, Joey was hired as an independent mate, one of the youngest ever on a well-known fishing charter boat in Destin Harbor. Then, Joey decided to obtain his 100 Ton Captain License at the age of 18.

In 2013, after being the captain of several other vessels, Joey decided to open his own charter fishing company. Captain Joey prides himself on safety, service and customer satisfaction. He looks forward to providing each customer with a memorable experience on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay!

Captain Joey has the following credentials to run a safe and smooth charter:

100 Ton Captain License USCG Certified Maritime Consortium Drug Card CPR Certified

Panhandle Fishing Charters Trips

If you're looking to enjoy the best inshore fishing that Destin, FL has to offer, then this trip is your ticket! Get out there with Captain Joey and spend the day going after a wide range of popular species, including Black Drum, Jacks, Mackerel, Sheepshead, Flounder, Snappers, and more. These classic Florida gamefish offer a little bit of everything—hard fighting, delicious eating, and amazing pictures! Captain Joey has a ton of experience catching prizewinners, and he will do everything he can to put you on the fish and give you the best possible chance to catch a champion. You'll be spending the day aboard his beautiful 24' Skeeter center console, powered by a 300-HP Yamaha outboard. This fast and versatile boat is perfect for fishing the different conditions you'll see in these waters, and can easily handle waters out to 10 miles. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for a perfect day on the water, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. His goal is for everyone to have a blast and to catch a bunch of fish! Remember to bring proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Destin Bay Fishing

100% (3)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $130 / person

Get out on the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay and shoot some fish on this trip with Captain Joey! This nighttime bowfishing trip is typically action-packed, and it's a perfect opportunity to go after fish in a way that most fishermen have never tried. On this trip, you'll be bowfishing the Choctawhatchee Bay and the inshore water surrounding Destin, FL. It's a perfect area for shooting Spadefish, Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Mullet, and Rays! These fish are active and unafraid at night, making them perfect targets for a little bit of bowfishing. Captain Joey's 20' Carolina Skiff is an ideal boat for this water and this type of fishing. She had a full renovation in 2017, and now features a raised platform for spotting fish, plus a new Suzuki 115 HP 4-stroke engine to put you on the fish fast. She also has a powerful electronic trolling motor for quiet, efficient movement in shallow water. Plus, she has six 200-Watt LED lights to totally illuminate the underwater environment. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for your trip, including all the bowfishing gear. Just remember proper clothing, sun protection, a pair of polarized sunglasses to spot fish, and a cooler for your catch. Bring your A-game and get ready to whack some fish! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Nighttime Bowfishing Adventure

100% (6)
20 ft 1 - 6 People From $104 / person

Climb aboard with Captain Joey to battle the Gulf of Mexico's apex predators—sharks! On this shark-fishing adventure, you'll be exploring the nearshore and close offshore waters around Fort Walton Beach, FL, looking to hook up some real prizewinners. Captain Joey's goal is to keep you in the action; he'll be chumming up the water and frequently relocating in order to get you hooked up on your biggest shark yet. You'll be fishing from the deck of his beautiful 24' Skeeter center console, powered by a 300-HP Yamaha engine. This fast and versatile boat is perfect for fishing the different conditions you'll see in these waters, and can easily handle waters out to 10 miles. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for a perfect day on the water, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. His goal is for everyone to have a blast and to catch a bunch of fish! Remember to bring proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach Shark Slam

75% (4)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

Take your kids out on the water and get them hooked on fishing on this trip with Captain Joey! He'll teach them how to fish in the calm waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay—both perfect places to learn how to cast and retrieve. This is a catch-and-release trip, so bring along a camera to capture some great memories! Captain Joey is experienced in CPR fishing – “Catch, Photo, Release”. This way, you’ll ensure you do minimal harm to the fish you catch, which will then be safely released back into its natural habitat. On this easygoing trip, the kiddos will be targeting Black Drum, Bluefish, Catfish, Sheepshead, and a few other species as well. Captain Joey primarily uses live bait, but is happy to use artificials as well. The species you'll target are perfect for beginners and will provide a captivating fishing experience for kids! From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Captain Joey will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. Don't forget to bring your favorite snacks, drinks, and a tip for your guide. All the fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat. Book your trip and Captain Joey will take care of the rest! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Kid's Fishing Adventure

100% (4)
20 ft 1 - 6 People From $83 / person

If you're looking to try everything that the Florida Panhandle has to offer, then this trip is your ticket! Get out there with Captain Joey and spend the day going after a wide range of popular gamefish species, including Jacks, Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, Snappers, Groupers, and even the occasional Mahi. These classic Florida gamefish offer a little bit of everything—hard fighting, delicious eating, and amazing pictures! Captain Joey has a ton of experience catching prizewinners, and he will do everything he can to put you on the fish and give you the best possible chance to catch a champion. You'll be spending the day aboard his beautiful 24' Sea Hunt center console, powered by a 250-HP Suzuki outboard. This fast and versatile boat is perfect for fishing the different conditions you'll see in these waters, and can easily handle waters out to 10 miles. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for a perfect day on the water, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. His goal is for everyone to have a blast and to catch a bunch of fish! Remember to bring proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Gulf Fishing Adventure

100% (3)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

Get out on the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay and shoot some fish on this trip with Captain Joey! This daytime bowfishing trip is typically action-packed, and it's a perfect opportunity to go after fish in a way that most fishermen have never tried. On this trip, you'll be bowfishing the Choctawhatchee Bay and the inshore water surrounding Destin, FL. It's a perfect area for shooting Spadefish, Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Mullet, and Rays! Captain Joey's 20' Carolina Skiff is an ideal boat for this water and this type of fishing. She had a full renovation in 2017, and now features a raised platform for spotting fish, plus a new Suzuki 115 HP 4-stroke engine to put you on the fish fast. She also has a powerful electronic trolling motor for quiet, efficient movement in shallow water. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for your trip, including all the bowfishing gear. Just remember proper clothing, sun protection, a pair of polarized sunglasses to spot fish, and a cooler for your catch. Bring your A-game and get ready to whack some fish! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Daytime Bowfishing Trip

100% (3)
20 ft 1 - 6 People From $104 / person

This is a fun and fish combo - fish for a couple of hours in the bay and then take a cruise throughout Destin and see all it has to offer. Take a quick trip to the jetties, through the harbor and enjoy the wind in your hair! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Fun And Fish Combo

NEW
22 ft 1 - 6 People From $130 / person

This is a trip based on the Captain's Discretion and what's going to be THE BEST fishing for YOU! Worth every penny, because the Captain will be able to take you to where he knows the fish are biting! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Walton Beach

Captain's Discretion

NEW
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

Recent Reviews of Panhandle Fishing Charters

Eric

Verified Review Fishing

The captain was very rude to us the entire trip. He asked my son to help with a shark fishing rod and a small backlash occurred. When he saw the backlash he flipped out and said you just damaged $50 worth of monofilament line and made a big deal out of it instead of just fixing it which only took minutes. When he was asked questions he was very short with answers. He was also reluctant to rig up other rods with bait to help pass the time while we waited for a shark bite. He quite oftentimes made us feel like we we're constantly in his way. Being a smaller boat there weren't too many places to stand. To top it off he couldn't find any fish and wanted to use our charter time to catch baitfish to use on a future charter. What a waste of time. Save your money and find a real professional.

Valerie

Verified Review Fishing

Captain Joey did a great job helping us have a good time on our night bowfishing trip! Although we weren’t the best shots he continued to encourage and provide guidance until it finally paid off 😊. Definitely a highlight of our vacation!!!

Jr

Verified Review Fishing

Great guide, put us on a lot of fish!

Brett

Verified Review Fishing

We had an outstanding time! Capt. Joey was very down to Earth, knowledgeable, and professional in his role. One of the best outdoor trips I have had!

Steven H.

Fishing

We did a two hour trip and it was a perfect trip for my 4 year old. We did a lot of close to shore fishing and caught a variety of smaller fish.

David

Verified Review Fishing

Guide was very good with our 10 year old. We caught about 15 fish. Thx

Kenneth W.

Fishing

Awesome captain and we had a blast. Definitely will book again.

Dewayne A.

Fishing

Had a great time. Love to come back again. Very friendly captian

Species

Almaco Jack, Amberjack, Black Drum, Blacktip Shark, Bluefish, Bull Shark, Channel Catfish, Cobia, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Ladyfish, Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Ray, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Redfish, Scamp Grouper, Sheepshead, Spadefish, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Triggerfish, Vermillion Snapper

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Bowfishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Surf Fishing, Topwater Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore

Start Location

104 Miracle Strip Parkway Southwest, Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Choctawhatchee Bay, Cinco Bayou, Intracoastal Waterway, Joes Bayou, Gulf Of Mexico, Destin Harbor

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